West Ashley Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Home to Charleston’s earliest suburbs, West Ashley today forms the city’s western border and touts rivers, a leg of Interstate 526 and historic plantations and gardens. The region’s commercial perks include Citadel Mall and the Savannah Highway Auto Mile. Glenn McConnell Parkway and Bees Ferry Road are two expansive or expanded thoroughfares. Roper St. Francis Hospital boasts a large campus. Located within the city of Charleston or Charleston County’s unincorporated areas, West Ashley provides a mix of housing and business districts close to downtown but not as pricey. The amorphous area will be an eastern edge of 78,600 acre East Edisto, the MeadWestvaco mixed-use development launched this year.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Start-up families, younger upscale couples, woods and marshes, diverse, seniors, empty nesters, commercial, rentals.


Proximity to downtown Charleston, riverside and wooded lots, new-home communities, mix of middle class and upscale enclaves, moderate prices overall.


Retail settings at mall, shopping centers, car dealerships; places to fish and crab; fine dining, sandwich shops and fast food hangouts; suburban parks, ballfields and swimming pools bringing neighbors together.

You'll Love

Spacious living; neighborhood parks; name-brand stores close by; waterfront sunsets; multi-mile “greenway” for running, biking and pushing strollers.

Perfect For

Working class folks, community advocates, small business owners, health and medical places, big-box stores and name restaurants, animal lovers.

Around the Area

The sprawling section west and south of the Ashley River showcases cottage-like brick houses popular with young professionals, marsh-side enclaves of custom residences and middle-range neighborhoods by new-home builders on Savannah Highway (U.S. Highway 17 South) and S.C Highway 61. Condo and townhome communities and apartment-home complexes also abound. High-end villages off Savannah Highway favor large homes, docks and boats lining the north side of the Stono River, while upscale neighborhoods off Ashley River Road (Highway 61) border that river’s southern passage to Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place. Shadowmoss Plantation neighborhood sports its own golf course. Trendy sectors of smaller, 50-60 year-old homes include Byrnes Downs, West Oak Forest and Avondale – home to chic shops, pubs and eateries. Established enclaves off Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road near Charles Towne Landing boast swimming pools and parks. Schools and civic places include Ashley River Creative Arts and Orange Grove Charter elementary, C.E. Williams and West Ashley middle, West Ashley High; Porter-Gaud School (private) and the Jewish Community Center.



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